Rail News: Feb. 20th, 2024

Former Rail Workers in Mexico Block and Protest at U.S. – Mexico Border

Last Wednesday, former rail workers in Mexico blocked and held protests along U.S. – Mexico border crossings in Arizona and Texas.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection sent an email to those in the trade industry that, “there is a protest by retired railroad workers taking place on the Mexico side of the World Trade Bridge that is currently impeding all north and south bound commercial truck traffic.”

The reason for these actions by the retired rail workers is to seek benefits, back pay and more communication from the government, per Freightwaves.

Back in 1996 the privatization process of its state-run railroad began. During this process, some workers opted for retirement, while others (roughly 16,700 per Freightwaves) were reassigned or laid off. Several of these retired or laid-off workers say they have not received benefits or severance from the privatization.

Weekly Rail Traffic for the Week Ending February 10th, 2024:

  • Total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 484,840 carloads and intermodal units – up 4.5 percent from the same period last year, per AAR data.
  • U.S. weekly intermodal volume was at 264,478 containers and trailers – an increase of 11.1 percent from last year at this time.
  • Chemicals, grain, and motor vehicles/parts all posted increases. While coal, non-metallic minerals and miscellaneous carloads all saw decreases.
  • In the first six weeks of this year, North American rail volume was 3,775,396 carloads and intermodal units – down 0.8 percent from last year.

You can check out other rail news from previous weeks, here.

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